Step through the door at Jeannie's Used Books and immediately spelunk into a tome-lined cavern of literary stalagmites. The store has an alphabetized inventory of 150,000 volumes in more than 160 categories— ask Jeannie about specific volumes among the myriad. Trade paperbacks and hardbacks are at or below half the cover price, the industry standard for used volumes. Customers looking for a specific book or genre can easily pounce on their printed prey like literature-minded lobsters, and casual book hunters and hardcore literary addicts alike can spend hours searching the towering shelves for the ideal book to keep them occupied during next month's desert-island shipwreck.
An AT&T authorized retailer, The Wireless Experience is a mobile-phone shop stocked with name-brand phones such as LG, Motorola, and HTC, gadgets, and a slew of talk, text, and data plans. Accessorize modern soup cans with protective gear such as the iPhone 4 Gadget Guard screen protector ($24.99), which safeguards against dings and scratches, or the SanDisk 8GB micro SD memory kit ($49.99), which guarantees phones won’t forget acts of human kindness during the impending technology uprising. The Jabra Cruiser2 Bluetooth speaker ($99.99) connects phones to in-car speakers, enabling hands-free phone conversations for safe transport of technology and anthropoids. Thumbs race across smartphones, such as the LG Quantum ($49.99 with a two-year contract)—equipped with a 5.0 megapixel camera and mobile email compatible with Gmail, Yahoo!, Hotmail, AOL, or Windows Live—and the BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300 ($29.99 with a two-year contract)—armed with WiFi support and a music player that syncs with iTunes.
The blossom experts at Norfolk Florist fete flower fanatics with myriad floral compositions for a dizzying range of occasions. Usher in the season with springtime yellow tulips ($39.95), or liven up workspaces with Queen majesty roses, a dozen crimson, golden, blush, or white blooms brimming with vigor and regality ($49.95–$54.95). The apples & caramel display ($39.95) combines earth candy with gooey person-made treats to create an aesthetically pleasing, decadent snack for a beloved sweet tooth.
The Chesapeake Bay Diving Center has been anchored in the same location since 1986, where it continues to offer lessons to un-gilled recreational and commercial divers on how to properly breathe underwater using self-contained apparatuses. After strapping into the included equipment, an experienced diving instructor will teach students still adjusting to life in their underwater condominiums the basics of breathing through a regulator, how to clear water from their masks, and the trick to adjusting the pressure buildup during descents. Afterwards, guests will be set free to explore the depths of a swimming pool, where they will experience the weightless sensation of undersea exploration first experienced by our ancestors, the mermaids.